In a few short hours, I will be casting my vote for the next President of the United States.
I do not know who will win the election, and even if my party’s candidate wins, I doubt I will be in a celebratory mood.
This election season has been exhausting, and both candidates have failed to earn my trust or respect.
Regardless, I will accept my responsibility to participate in the process.
No matter how small and insignificant my vote feels.
And once I’ve cast my vote, I will gather with my sisters in Christ to pray for our country.
I’d be lying if I said that my heart is not troubled.
Uncertainty. Fear. Confusion. Doubt. Trepidation.
I’m feeling all the feelings.
They are so strong and so stifling.
Yet we are not without hope!
Because our God is still on the throne.
And His promises will sustain us.
In this moment.
“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.” -Psalm 22:27-28
So, let’s make a choice.
Let’s choose to trust the promises of God, rather than our emotions.
Because He is unchanging.
And right now, we could all use a bit of stability in our lives.
We could use a list of things we can do, today, tomorrow, and the next.
No matter if our candidate wins or loses.
No matter if our country thrives or perishes.
No matter if our church prospers or is persecuted.
Because, whoever holds the highest office in our country, we know the One who reigns above all.
Regardless of what does or does not happen in this election, we must never forget that God is still on His throne.
And there’s still much work to be done….
10 things Christians Can Do After The Vote
1. We can Rest
“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” – Deuteronomy 33:12
2. We can Trust
“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” -Psalm 37:3-6
3. We can Hope
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” -Psalm 42:11
4. We can Believe
“Everything is possible for him who believes.” -Mark 9:21
5. We can Pray
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14
6. We can Praise
“Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp: make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the Lord dis right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” -Psalm 33:1-5
7. We can Forgive
“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” -Colossians 3:13-14
8. We can Love
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:35
9. We can Persevere
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay.” -Hebrews 10:36-37
10. We can Prosper
“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13
Our country is changing, but our God is the same…yesterday, today, and forever.
And there is still so much that we can do, each and every day, to show the world that Our God reigns above it all!
Join me today, in voting, in praying, and in choosing to focus on what we can do, rather than what we can’t.
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